Today we interviewed 5th year pupils from Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed in Thurles. Their names were Séamus Molshan and Aidan Butler. Their robot’s name was Batallion and it’s able to detect other robots. It’s made of a material called perspex. They used a strip heater to bend the pieces and a band saw to cut them out. They said their inspiration was the prize money! They were working on it for 3 months and it was worth it when the two matches it fought it won!
By Cian Rocke and Thomas Fleming
Alice Dupuits, Julia Ziarnowska, Clodagh McKeon and Mark Newman designed robots called Wrong Direction, Just Conor and Terminator Clara. The robots are camouflaged, small, powerful, unreal and fast. It was made from plastic and metal. Their inspiration was that their teacher had won the competition and they wanted to make their teacher proud. They have been working on their robots since September having 3 classes a week.
By Alan Mullery and Keith Bradley
We managed to grab an interview with Paul Sleem. He is a professional compere and DJ involved in entertainment. He has worked in lot’s of different countries including: Monaco, Norway, Taiwan, Sweden, Abu Dhabi, Germany and America. He has been the commenter for the EU Robotics for the past three years. He has been a commentator for over 20 years.
His favourite part of the job is working with all the young people. He wouldn’t change anything about his job and he really enjoys it! Paul said he’s very lucky because when the robots are fighting he get’s to stand in the ring and he finds it really interesting! We really enjoyed talking with him as he was really nice and friendly. We were very surprised when he invited the team up on stage in front of everyone!
By Sarah, Alannah and Caoimhe
Alva, Ciarán and Aran designed a robot called Luke Skyboter. The robot is made of Aluminium and duct tape. When fighting, it searches for other robots. To make it, the teacher cut out the shapes and stuck them together with the duct tape. Their inspiration for their robot was wedge shaped terminator. Overall it took them 4 weeks to complete. Their robot has never fought before and had their very first fight today. Sadly they lost the fight and don’t think their robot works very well.
Today we interviewed Adamstown Community College. The students we interviewed were: Divya and Evan. They made two robots between them. They are not fighting robots, they are racing robots. Divya quoted that “At least mine works, mines better than yours!” as Evan’s robot didn’t work. Of course they were only messing around as they would not make fun of their comrades! Evan named his robot “Tango” while Divya named hers “Thanatos”. Thanatos means Death in Greek, but Divya didn’t pick the name. Evan’s robot was red while Divya’s robot was green and its base was slanted. Divya’s robot was made out of acrylic and she used a laser machine to create it. Each of the students worked hard on their robots for 8-10 weeks. We really enjoyed interviewing Evan and Divya. Their robots were very interesting!
By Alannah Larkin, Sarah O’Quigley and, Caoimhe Kearns
Brian Cooney (General Manager) and Jimmy McCloskey (customer service engineer) designed a robot called LBR IIWA Collaborative Robot. The robot is made of cast, aluminum, steel machine parts and electronics. The robot is used in all Irish Manufactories from food industry to electronics to medical devices/ sub automotive. Their inspiration for their robot is to fulfil an industry need and robotics is a very exciting industry. Brian has been working on the working in robotics for more than 20 years. Kuka is the largest robot manufacturers in Europe and employs over 12,000 people across the world.
By Cian Rocke and Thomas Fleming
Today we interviewed Paul from Coláiste Gleann in Kerry. He is currently in 5th year. His robot's name is Bottle Tank. His robot specialises in pushing things and has a brilliant blue light! His “bot” is made from plastic, aluminum and brass. His inspiration for the robot was a bulldozer. YIKES! His robot has previously fought and has won two and lost one so far. The only problem he seemed to have with his robot was the sensors. We really enjoyed interviewing Paul and he seemed to be really into Robot Fighting!
By Sarah O’Quigley, Alannah Larkin and Caoimhe Kearns.
We interviewed Oliva Matuseak age 6 in senior infants, Scoil Oscair, Lucan, Dublin. Her project is on Scratch and she has been doing this project for the past two years. She is enjoying ExcitED. Her favourite part is when she is making her game which is a girl on a bed jumping up and down. Her project is very good for her age.
We use Scratch in our school in 5th/6th class and in Eyrecourt Coderdojo. We cannot believe infants can code using Scratch. Well done!Sacred Heart school
Today was good enough as it was until we bumped into RTÉ presenters Steven Byrne and Bláthnaid Treacy. We had already encountered them in the Digital Youth Council conference but never expected to get an exclusive interview with them!!
We were just about to give up on getting the interview when they agreed to do it. They were really nice to us and pleasant to work with.
They are both RTÉ presenters on a programme called Twotube which alot of you may have heard of. Blathnid got her job by starring on a travel show on TG4 and then later starred on RTÉ. She applied for lots of TV shows until one day she got a call from RTÉ and and was given the job of one of the presenters on Twotube.
We were talking to Steven as well. He managed to get himself that job through the youtube channel he had in his teenage years all recorded from home. He then started getting views from RTÉ and was eventually called in to be the second presenter on the same show as Bláthnaid.
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Reported and edited by Damien Murphy and Patrick Duffy
We interviewed Molly Connaughton and Coleman Lennon from Athlone Community College. They do all their English work digitally on tablets and laptops. They call it an E-portfolio. The benefits of it is they bring English into the 21st century through technology. “Its easier to express yourself” explained Molly.